The European Journal of Counselling Psychology

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Vol. 7, No. 1, 2018

Evaluating the Role of Formulation in Counselling Psychology: A Systematic Literature Review
Background Formulation is a skill required of counselling psychologists globally, and forms part of the profession's identity as a branch of applied psychology. In the UK, The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC, 2015) highlights in its Standards...
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The (Physically) Wounded Healer: The Impact of a Physical Disability on Training and Development as a Counselling Psychologist: A Case Study
The intention of this paper is to use my own personal experience to investigate the impact of physical disability on training in a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in the UK. It will begin to address the marginalization of issues of physical...
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An Illusion of Inclusion? - Can Counselling Psychology Do More to Ensure Equality and Access to Psychological Therapies for Deaf People, through Their Work with Interpreters?
Background and Literature Review Counselling psychology prides itself on its value base of prizing the subjective experience, empowering the individual and acting against discrimination (British Psychological Society [BPS], 2008a). Central to this endeavour...
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Online Intervention for Couples Affected by Generalized Anxiety Disorder
This article describes recent developments in online interventions for distressed couples, with a focus on adaptation of an online program to address the needs of couples in which one partner has Generalized Anxiety Disorder. We review the rationale...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, 2017

Body Image, Self-Esteem, Media, Disordered Eating and Actual Ideal Weight Discrepancy: Findings in Cyprus
The actual ideal weight discrepancy refers to the difference between the weight that is perceived by the individual as acquired (actual weight) and the weight that the individual wishes to acquire (ideal weight; Vartanian, 2012). Even though a large...
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The Negative Knowledge of Educational Counselors: Forms, Expertise-Related Differences, Contextualization, and Embeddedness in Episodes
Learning through and from experience accrued over years of professional practice is regarded as a major prerequisite for developing a high level of proficiency in counseling (Rønnestad & Skovholt, 2013; Skovholt & Jennings, 2004). Researchers...
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Use of Multi-Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis in Examining Measurement Invariance in Counseling Psychology Research
Measurement invariance has been conceived as an important research topic for assessment in cross-population (e.g., cross-cultural) contexts (Cheung & Rensvold, 2002; Kline, 2015). This issue is crucial in that without measurement invariance, there...
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Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and Professional Counseling: Shared Roots, Challenges, and Opportunities
Psychology, counseling psychology and professional counseling are at a crossroad. The growing international movement to establish professional counseling as a distinct profession, separate from counseling psychology and psychology as a whole, is inconsistent...
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The Therapeutic Relationship and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Case Study of an Adolescent Girl with Depression
The therapeutic relationship has been argued to be one of the most important factors in psychotherapy. Currently, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the value of the therapeutic relationship have been receiving more attention in the literature and...
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Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016

The Meteoric Rise of Mental Illness in America and Implications for Other Countries
Introduction Throughout much of the western world, proponents of the "chemical imbalance" hypothesis have insisted that mental illness is the direct result of the biological malfunctioning of the human brain. Furthermore, proponents of this hypothesis...
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Interpreters' Experiences of Transferential Dynamics, Vicarious Traumatisation, and Their Need for Support and Supervision: A Systematic Literature Review
Background and Rationale In the UK, it is estimated that over 10 million people are hard of hearing or deaf and that between 50,000 and 70,000 people use British Sign Language (BSL) as either their first or preferred language (Action on Hearing Loss,...
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Client Interpersonal Problems and the Initial Working Alliance
Introduction Although there is evidence regarding the efficacy of psychological therapies, there is less information regarding client factors that may influence outcomes and the therapy process (Eames & Roth, 2000). The therapeutic alliance is seen...
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Role-Confusion in Parent-Child Relationships: Assessing Mother's Representations and Its Implications for Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
Introduction Parent-child role-confusion can lead to maladaptive pathways often linked with dysregulation of affect and others physiological subsystems and is mainly discussed by clinicians. Nevertheless, studies about these relational disturbances have...
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Counselling and Professionalism: A Phenomenological Analysis of Counsellor Experience
Introduction The current paper draws on data from a doctoral thesis exploring the lived experience of young people and their counsellors in relation to bullying. Individual interviews with the participant counsellors highlighted the significance of professionalism...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, 2016

Parents' and School Career Counsellors' Evaluations of the Occupational Competence of Children with Dyslexia
Introduction The conditions under which people make their own career choices are rarely optimal, and this is especially true for individuals with disabilities. Unfortunately, although a great deal is known about career-related decision-making processes...
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Counselling Psychology Research in Greece
Research activity in the field of counselling psychology has been growing relatively fast in Greece, raising new scientific challenges and generating new knowledge relevant to the Greek population and culture. In an effort to disseminate the current...
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The Relationship between Meaning in Life, Emotions and Psychological Illness: The Moderating Role of the Effects of the Economic Crisis
Introduction The Greek Economic Crisis Greece represents a social framework where an extreme and rapidly unfolding social and economic crisis takes place, characterized by: high unemployment, major income loss, steep tax increases and a significant reduction...
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The 'Blame Game': Discourse Analysis of Family Members' and Therapist Negotiation of Problem Definition in Systemic Family Therapy
Introduction The aim of this paper is to further contribute to a growing body of research which has recently highlighted how blame and responsibility attributions are part and parcel of systemic family therapy problem talk (Friedlander, Heatherington,...
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Parent Training for Families with a Child with ASD: A Naturalistic Systemic Behavior Analytic Model
Introduction The treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to be a great challenge that often transcends the therapeutic technology that is available within one epistemological paradigm (Schreibman et al., 2015). There is ample...
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Quality of Sibling Relationship and Substance Misuse: A Comparative Study
Introduction Sibling relationship is one of the most neglected relations in psychological research (Cicirelli, 1982; Buist, Dekovic, & Prinzie, 2013). However, sibling relationship is one of the longest lasting relationships in an individual's life...
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Utilizing Storytelling to Promote Emotional Well-Being of Children with a Distinct Physical Appearance: The Case of Children Who Wear Eyeglasses
Introduction According to the theory of social constructivism, the concept of identity formation is to be found within the social realm. That is, our identities are not fixed but fluid and they arise, not from inside us, but from the interactions and...
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Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015

A Positive Psychology Intervention with Emerging Adults
Introduction In their inaugural paper on positive psychology, Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi (2000) described it as a psychology of positive human functioning aimed to "achieve scientific understanding and inspire effective interventions to build thriving...
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Does Meaning in Life Predict Psychological Well-Being?
Introduction Two perspectives on personal well-being are distinguished in Psychology: the hedonic perspective and the eudaimonic perspective (Peterson, Park, & Seligman, 2005; Ryan & Deci, 2001; Waterman, 1993). The hedonic one argues that pleasure...
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School-Based Counselling Work with Teachers: An Integrative Model
Introduction School Mental Health Issues and Teacher Stress Counselling practices that are child- and family-centered and that take also into consideration the needs of the educational staff for emotional support and professional guidance seem to be...
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Cultural Awareness in Two UK Counselling Psychology Settings: Initial Training and Supervision
Introduction Awareness of cultural issues is a central tenet of counselling psychology (CoP) (Martin, 2010). The responsibility to train new recruits to the profession in ways sympathetic to widening awareness is a clear imperative but is difficult to...
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Men's Perceptions concerning Disclosure of a Partner's Abortion: Implications for Counseling
Introduction The body of literature related to men and abortion is relatively small compared to that pertaining to women (Coyle, 2006). While a number of studies have called attention to men's desire or need for counseling concerning pregnancy termination...
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Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014

Motivational and Adaptation Experiences of Returnees and Migrants to Cyprus: A Grounded Theory Study with Counselling Psychology Application and Practice Implications in Europe
Introduction Culture is a concept that appears to be as a contemporary one for the last century of the western world. In fact it was even discussed in the 19th century of English and German romanticism, with Bastian describing culture as "the psychic...
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Risk Factors for Depression in the Emerging Adulthood
Youth has always been a critical scientific and social issue in Hungary. Just like an emerging economy, emerging generations experience the challenges of an economically and socially unstable environment, with an exposure to both eastern and western...
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Eclectic Therapy for Dual Diagnosis: A Case Study
Case Context and Method Clinical practice has shown that every psychotherapeutic model has distinctive ways in which it achieves its aims and different models are appropriate for use with different patient needs. Additionally, as patients' needs evolve...
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Forensic Interviews with Children Victims of Sexual Abuse: The Role of the Counselling Psychologist
Introduction In the last decades, international literature has highlighted the risk of secondary victimization of children abuse victims following disclosure of their violation and their inevitable involvement in procedures that significantly aggravate...
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Social Learning Conceptualization for Substance Abuse: Implications for Therapeutic Interventions
Introduction Research on an international level suggest that the use of illegal substances is considerably common among young people. On a large scale research among 16,661 participants aged 18 and over, Richter, Ahluwalia, Mosier, Nazir, and Ahluwalia...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, 2013

New Ideas and Clinical Practices to Improve Corporeal Self-Esteem
Introduction According to many authors, the daily life may be described as a theatrical scene, and the personal identity as the set of roles that the person wears in the various contexts of the stage(Berger & Luckman, 1966; Goffman, 1959; Watzlawick,...
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Message from the Guest Editor
It is an honour to be the Guest Editor of the Volume 2.2 of The European Journal of Counselling Psychology (EJCoP) with papers from the International Congress in Clinical & Counselling Psychology (CPSYC 2013).Thank you for your interest in the International...
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The Influence of Stress on the Quality of Life of Hypertensive Patients
Introduction In Portugal cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death, and nowadays hypertension is the cardiovascular risk factor with the highest prevalence in Portugal and worldwide. Associated mortality and morbidity are becoming a real...
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Knowledge about HIV / AIDS: The Influence of Lifestyles and Self-Regulation in Adolescents
Introduction Adolescence cannot be defined in the singular as the experience of this period includes a multiplicity of individual adventures influenced by family contexts, social and cultural environments to which the young person belongs. There is not...
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Assessment of Family Functionality among the Elderly with Chronic Illness
Introduction Presently, Portugal faces a wide range of demographic change due to the progressive increase of its elderly population having health, social, cultural and economic repercussions. As a result of this, the community in general and families...
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When Informing about Eating Disorders Exacerbates the Problem Instead of Preventing It: Which Programs Work and Which Ones Do Not?
Introduction Food behaviour can assume particularly problematic connotations during adolescence, especially in relation to two important areas of development: self-perception, and social relationships among peers (Faccio, 2013; Vandereycken, 1996). Every...
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Osteoporosis and Somatization of Anxiety
Introduction A high stress lifestyle has always been suspected as one of the contributing causes of osteoporosis and other major health problems. According to Kumano (2005), there may be three ways of relationship between stress and osteoporosis. The...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013

Adaptation to Physical Disabilities: The Role of Meaning in Life and Depression
Introduction Currently, people with physical disabilities constitute a very large and simultaneously a heterogeneous group of general population, as the term physical disabilities is broad and covers a wide range of disabilities, including both congenital...
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Developing Pluralistic Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Using What the Client Knows
One of the most striking aspects of current theory and practice in counselling, counselling psychology and psychotherapy, is the wide range of ideas in circulation around the nature of psychological problems, and the change processes through which these...
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The Relationship between Perceived Parental Bonding and Bullying: The Mediating Role of Empathy
Introduction According to recent studies, bullying in schools is widespread. In the United States, 15% to 20% of children experience repeated victimization in the form of intimidation, ostracism, or physical violence by peers at some time during their...
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Relating on the Internet, Personality Traits and Depression: Research and Implications
Introduction For a large percentage of predominantly young people - the Net Generation - (those born after 1977), most of their interpersonal relations and therefore communication is switching from real to virtual, implying the use of the computer as...
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Greek Mothers' Narratives of the Construct of Parental Involvement
Introduction The field of study on parental involvement in children's learning has grown significantly since the 1980s and has been largely supported by extensive international research (Desforges & Abouchaar, 2003; Epstein, 1995, 2001; Georgiou,...
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Personal Therapy for Future Therapists: Reflections on a Still Debated Issue
Introduction The importance of personal therapy in the training of mental health professionals began when Freud put forward the belief that personal therapy is the deepest and most non-negotiable part of clinical education (Freud 1937/1964). He said:...
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